Today your behavior helped mommy feel like an awful mommy. I felt like the second half of the day was full of disobedience and a lot of shouting by mommy.
I don't want to shout at you.
I don't want to feel like the only way to get you to listen is by me shouting.
We are struggling with night time potty training and you're taking advantage of free trips to the bathroom as an excuse to delay bed time and that's making mommy very angry with you. I don't want to tell you "no, you may not go to the bathroom" because what if (that time) you really have to go? What if I say "no, you may not go to the bathroom" and you pee your pants?
However, going 5 different times within 10 minutes of bed time is not okay. Especially when you didn't actually go to the bathroom ANY of those times.
Delaying bed time is one of your new favorite passtimes. You used to sit and listen and actively participate in bed time stories. Lately, you insist I read a story while you say you're listening and instead jump around the room, run down the hall and generally NOT listen to stories.
Then bed time comes and we do our routine: music on, lights off, mommy hugs, tell daddy good night and in to bed you get.
And then the requests roll in.
Can I see the clouds?
I want a couple sips of milk.
Can I have a quick cuddle?
I want to play with your hair.
I'm scared of the dragon.
And now we add "I have to pee" or "I have to poop" - neither of which you actually do.
I'm tired of shouting.
I'm tired of your attitude.
I'm tired of you not listening.
I'm tired of your sass.
I'm tired of feeling tired and like a bad mom.
Let's stop the nonsense, shall we?